An Introduction To The Healthy And Vibrant World Of Purple Foods

What kinds of fruits and vegetables have purple cousins?
The purple foods family goes well beyond eggplant and grapes. From fruits and vegetables to grains, you can indulge in purple berries, sweet potatoes, cauliflower, asparagus, artichokes, bell peppers, carrots, turnips, daikon, celery, kale, onion, cabbage, corn, rice and cereal.

Why are they healthy?
Purple foods are rich in the same antioxidants that give all fruits and vegetables their natural color. They also contain flavonoids and anthocyanins, which give these foods their rich purple hues. These antioxidants are the reason consuming purple foods can have such positive health benefits.

Studies show these antioxidants can aid in cardiovascular health and disease prevention, as reported by BBC Good Food. Many suggest that those who eat more fruits and vegetables are at a lower risk for cancer. Antioxidant-rich foods prevent the cell damage that can lead to cancer development, which is why the American Cancer Society encourages patients and survivors to consume a variety of fruits and vegetables.

With rich nutrients and low-fat content, the power of purple also helps with weight loss. Once the pounds are shed, they help maintain a healthy weight. This plus the flavonoids can also reduce risk for heart disease and contribute to lower blood pressure, according to a study by the American Society for Nutrition, published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Even more, One Green Planet explained antioxidants and anthocyanins also prevent infections and keep the body and brain healthy well into old age.

While we can’t definitively call them “superfoods,” great taste and incredible health benefits make purple fruits and vegetables a winning addition to your meal plan.

Adding purple fruits and vegetables to your diet can aid in disease prevention and weight loss efforts.

How do you add a little purple to your life?
Going purple is easy! Berries and grapes are the perfect midday snack. For everyday meals, roast some purple vegetables for a colorful salad topper or dinner side. Add them to the kids’ diets, too. They’ll think it’s something out of their imagination, and forget to complain about the whole “healthy” thing. Use Fit & Fresh containers to take your purple cuisine to work and school. Put a twist on the traditional Thanksgiving feast with a delicious side your family will love, and use those same containers for leftovers!

These fun and vibrant foods also lend themselves to some creativity. Get inspired by these purple cauliflower recipes from PureWow, and Food & Wine’s selection of purple food recipes. Before you eat, don’t forget to take a picture of your meal. Together with the great taste and health benefits, purple foods are insanely photogenic.

As with anything, balance is key. Don’t go too overboard with the purple food. You’ll still want to consume other fruits and vegetables regularly. Have blueberries with breakfast and a tangerine as a midday snack. Roast purple cauliflower and red onions with white cauliflower, broccoli and orange peppers for a medley that looks as good as it tastes. You’ll find that a healthy diet is anything but bland.

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